Starting a Wine Collection of Aged Wines

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Alexander Cook-Green
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Starting a Wine Collection of Aged Wines

#1 Post by Alexander Cook-Green »

Hey, Everyone:

Wine newbie here who would appreciate some advice on starting a wine collection consisting of aged/aging wines. I have a real (burgeoning) passion for aged red burgundies, such as Pommards from Dom de Courcel; champagne, such as from Salmon Billecart; and Spanish reds, such as R. Lopez de Heredia's bosconia and tondonia. Any advice on:

(1) Reputable online sources for purchasing aged bottles, or bottles that would benefit from aging?
(2) Any recommended bottles and/or producers for long-term aging (i.e., 20+ years)?
(3) Any regions in particular that I should focus on?

Any other general advice is appreciated.

Thank you!

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Re: Starting a Wine Collection of Aged Wines

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Hi Alexander
Sorry no-one has responded yet.

1) Others can be more specific, but your choice will be between stores specialising in older wines, or auction houses. The latter more of a 'buyer beware' situation, but I'd expect it to be cheaper if you price up diligently and are disciplined in not bidding over the max price you'd committed to pay.

2) There will be good recommendations here, but I reckon starting a thread in the main forum for Red Burgs, one for Champagne and one for Rioja might get you some good suggestions. Always worth saying if there are price constraints, as a few people here seem to think Roumier every day is normal [wink.gif]

3) Focus on what takes your fancy, and don't be afraid to taste something young and wonder "What might that taste like when it's mature?"

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Re: Starting a Wine Collection of Aged Wines

#3 Post by J0hnEhrl1ng »

Welcome to WB! An easy site to start with is probably winebid.com. There is a lot less pressure than a formal wine auction as it's exclusively online and many times they feature very accessible wines (price wise) with some age on them.

Wines that age well are often Burgundies, Bordeaux's, Barolos, Brunello's, Napa Cabs etc... (not a conclusive list). Instead of listing off random bottles you may not have heard of, take a look at the TN (tasting notes) of other users on this forum. Most WB's prefer older wines and you can read the TN's from other WB's to find wines that have flavor profiles that match your palate. Then look up those wines to check price and give them a try.
Cote Rotie > Burgundy > Right-bank Bordeaux. Yes in that order.

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